More than 3,800 police officers have been deployed as security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, days before they begin and another 900 are expected to arrive in the upcoming days. The huge number has caused concern about the safety and security of the provinces. Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director Chief Superintendent Prudencio Tom Bañas assures the public that only 30% of the police force has been assigned to the APEC meetings. Last month, Chief also commented, ““We cannot deploy and dedicate all our personnel sa PRO7 because we have our normal day-to-day function dili nato pwedeng biyaan (which we cannot disregard).”
To further heighten security, an increase in random checkpoints are seen all over Metro Cebu, including more patrols. No cop is allowed to take a leave for the duration of the APEC. Hundreds of police officers also underwent training for VIP protection. Despite this, Bañas says they’re not completely prepared yet. “Hindi pa masabi na 100 percent. Siguro mga 97 percent pa pero we’re slowly reaching the 100 percent level,” Bañas told The Freeman. He shared that the police are targeting 0% crime rate during the meetings. “Any crime victimizing the delegates would mean a negative picture in the country, in Visayas and in Cebu.”
To prevent traffic as the APEC meetings are ongoing, a truck ban has been implemented on certain areas of the city. Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, trucks won’t be allowed to pass through Juan Luna St. to Salinas Drive, Salinas Drive to Veterans Drive and Juan Luna corner Archbishop Reyes to Gorordo Avenue and Archbishop Reyes Avenue. The truck ban was suggested by the APEC organizers.
Dry runs for convoys have been conducted last Monday, August 21, 2015. On the second run, the convoy encountered heavy traffic on Osmeña Blvd caused by big trucks and trailers.
In an effort to decrease traffic, the Cebu City Transportation Office have changed the routes of some jeepneys. See the picture below for the complete list and route details.